As expected, the Chinese overwhelmingly supported DAP and PR and had left a bad aftertaste. The open broad support by the chinese has instead solidified the Malays towards BN. It has raised a big question on BN that whatever you do, the Chinese will never support BN. LKS aggressive support to decimate MCA to be the sole party for the Chinese has split our nation badly. The chinese rejection of the johorian way of compromise, will make johorian malays rethink of their longstanding approach of the chinese. I’ve written before, DAP has taken our country far too the right.
As a consequence, BN is mainly UMNO and Sabah Sarawak coalitions. MCA must honorably reject the offer to be part of the cabinet. Chinese should not be represented to be fair. They don’t want bn to represent them pun.
The DAP must learn to compromise. Its uncompromising push for its agenda actually hurts PAS the core of PR. The Malays see how PAS is made a pushover by DAP even in terms of religion. This, DAP must learn and reach out.
Najib I think will still be moderate. There will be clamoring for less inclusivity. Many will argue that even when the Chinese are wholly united, this is a worse case scenario: without the Chinese, BN is still strong and will win. The Malays must hold back and not play and follow the DAP hate game. This would be disastrous for our nation. BN must still show moderation and hold back the backlash. The outpouring of Malay support I saw a day before election should not be a demand for more hate. All of us must go back to the politics of moderation and compromise. That’s how we build our nation. That’s the spirit of our constitution. That’s the Nash equilibrium or point of social cohesion.
I’ve written before, to change this point of social cohesion, the Chinese must give in more to gain more. They must give up some of their exclusive rights (chinese schools eg) for Malays to not push for NEP. By pushing all to go their way it has brought a counter reaction of solidifying the Malays.
Umno will receive a major backlash I suspect for giving in too much. More will question najib’s approach. But umno too is hampered by this point of cohesion. If they want two third they must be more inclusive. Otherwise it’ll be a simple majority,
The Malays I hope can maintain their usual trait. Being tolerant. The next few months which include the umno election is critical in determining our future direction. They must hold back and be tolerant.
DAP in the meanwhile must also realise that this is the max they can gain in pr Nash equilibrium and will not help the Chinese interest anymore. As a gesture of compromise, a resignation of lks from dap politics to take all the blame for pushing this way, will help the moderate Malays in particular Najib.